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FORMERLY PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT GÖTTINGEN,
LIFE OF MICHAELIS.
JOHN DAVID MICHAELIS was born at Halle, the 27th of February, 1717. His father, Christian Benedict Michaelis, was Professor of Theology and the Oriental Languages. His first lessons were in his father's house, under tutors, from whom, he says, he learnt very little ; they were very slow, and he was anxious to read Latin with more rapidity: Greek he learnt late in life ; a circumstance he always regretted, but which arose from the disgusting and monstrous manner in which the Greek Testament was brought forward upon every occasion at the Orphan House at Halle, to which school, which was then very famous, he went from his own home. At fifteen years of age he become a semi-Pelagian, and the clergyman who confirmed him predicted, with some truth, he would live to change his opinions. It is singular that a man who has done so much for religion, should have been suspected, when a youth, of a disposition to ridicule it. The fact is, Michaelis had great wit, and great vivacity, and there are many who, in all countries, consider gravity as almost a constituent part of Christianity. He left Halle in